Monday, May 16, 2011

The Vatican requires priests suspected of pedophilia are brought to Civil Justice

The Vatican has ordered his bishops to bring to justice the suspechosos clergy pedophilia, plus a ministry to stop them considered harmful to minors, after the recent sex scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada, has sent a letter to all bishops' conferences, which are encouraged to prepare a document, some 'guidelines', which will serve as a "procedure" for ecclesiastical authority in cases of sexual abuse by priests.

Such recommendations must be sent to the Vatican before May 2012. "The obligation to provide an adequate response to suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in his diocese will be among the most important responsibilities of the diocesan bishop," says the cardinal and the bishop granted a central role in the fight against pedophilia.

As explained by the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, indications of a specific date and a relatively short term to develop the 'guidelines' by all the bishops conference is "obviously a very strong and eloquent indication "to address these cases as" quickly as possible. " This document will be reviewed by the Congregation to verify that follow the new rules established by Benedict XVI in the review 'motu proprio' of the 'Sacramentorum Sanctitatis protection', published in May 2010, which toughened penalties against the defendants and increased the period of limitation for crimes from 10 to 20 years.

In the letter, Cardinal Levada recalled that the new measures are outlined in canon law against a priest accused of sexual abuse, which may be "restrict the public ministry of completeness or at least excluding contact with minors" and "a shame Church, the most serious being the resignation from the clerical state.

" One of the main points raised by Cardinal Levada is to require that clergy pedophilia suspects appear before the competent civil authorities, complying with the requirements of civil laws. "Moreover, the cardinal invited the bishops' conferences to develop" programs prevention to create truly safe environments for children "and to" help parents, pastoral workers and school employees to recognize signs of sexual abuse and take appropriate action.


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